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 04-06-2006, 09:04 Post: 127295
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I took the delivery of my tractor and put it to work. After seven hours on the tachometer, I've moved a dozen cubic yards of compost, did some serious brushhogging, backfilled some ditches, etc. Now I read the manual and it says I should have not run the tractor at the highest speed (oops), pre-warmed the tractor for 5min before going to work (oops), and, in general, not exerted the machine to the full capacity for the first 50 hours. My question is, did I do irreversable damage to my tractor and is there anything I could do to "make up" for the abuse?






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 04-06-2006, 10:22 Post: 127299
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I think you will find most if not all equipment comes telling you of their break in period.

I worked for a major heavy equipment mfg and for a few years worked with checking and load test the machines before they were painted even. Guess how we ran those brand new engines and equipment? Throttled wide open from any where to 10 minutes at the time to at least 20 minutes at the time. The avg machine probably had 4 to 6 hours run either at or near full throttle before it ever shipped. That was with major hyd systems, road testing, and diesels from Cat, Cummins, Detorit and Deutz.

Now saying that, I am sure it would be better for the equipment to run the suggested break in. I do not put loads on cold engine or tractor. I do let it warm up at least some. It may be with a slow drive to the work or such.






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 04-06-2006, 10:30 Post: 127301
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You have done no damage.

I could tell you have a Kubota just by the words you use. Other brands don't even address a break-in period.

Do read that owners manual..... When I get a new machine I keep the OM in the reading room.... oops, the bathroom, to encourage myself to go through it from cover to cover.






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 04-06-2006, 10:38 Post: 127303
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It's kid-glove treatment for my 'bota from now on! No rough handling.. I should have just read the manual before turning the key, but I think it's too much to ask of a man.






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 04-06-2006, 12:14 Post: 127307
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Here we are questioning directions and men! I don't believe you have done any thing to hurt your tractor. I know they give caution as well as I would but I don't know that you would have taken any smount of life off of it.






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 04-06-2006, 13:16 Post: 127312
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well, y'all made me feel a lot better about my tractor! So I didn't shave 1000 hours off it's lifespan afterall.






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 04-06-2006, 13:31 Post: 127314
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horse farmer,

Why don't you take your tractor out for a fresh tank of diesel, an oil change and wash? That might make each of you feel better.






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 04-06-2006, 13:37 Post: 127316
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Can't address the veracity of Kubota's written break-in stipulations, but I can say that the first maintenance is the most critical one. Mating of new parts is an ongoing process for at least the first 50 hours. At that point, I STRONGLY recommend getting all the metal shavings out of the lubricants and coolant. If you're a drain and fill man, that's your prerogative. I personally subscribe to the drain/flush/fill philosophy.

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 04-06-2006, 13:42 Post: 127317
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if only spouses were as easy to maintain...

greg,

come 50 hrs I'm gonna do as you advised to make up for my lead foot and general inexperience.






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 04-06-2006, 15:36 Post: 127322
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Horse farmer
Personaly I think that you have reuined the tractor and it is near worthless. Being the nice guy that I am and so it wont be a total loss to you I will take it off your hands for $1,000. Do you deliver? Laughing out loud






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